One Piece: Pirates' Carnival is a party game made for the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Gamecube, loosely adapting elements of the manga and anime up to the Water 7 Arc. It allows up to four players to explore a Reversi-like board, compete in dozens of mini-games, and assemble a custom "crew" from more than 100 canon characters.
The game was released on November 23, 2005 in Japan and on September 13, 2006 in the United States.
Each player chooses one of the Straw Hat Pirates - Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper, or Robin - to play as. The differences between each are largely cosmetic, with virtually no effect on individual gameplay. Note that each character can only represent one player for a given match.
The characters are color-coded after the player order: red for Player One, blue for Player Two, yellow for Player Three, and green for Player Four.
The main form of gameplay is the Board Game (ボードゲーム Bōdogēmu?), where players take turns exploring a grid of panels covered by jolly rogers. When a panel is uncovered, it will display a card with a specific character, representing a potential "crewmate" for the players to claim.
Scores are measured in Belly, representing the treasure collected while exploring. Each player has two treasuries:
- The Personal treasury, which begins every game with 20,000,000.
- The Crew treasury, which begins every game with 0, and totals the face value of every panel the player has claimed.
Panels come in three varieties:
- Mini-Game (ミニゲーム Minigēmu?) panels present a trio of mini-games, one of which the uncovering player must choose to compete in against all the other players. The winner claims the panel as well as several performance-based bonuses to their Personal treasury.
- Captain (キャプテン Kyaputen?) panels present a special mini-game where the uncovering player controls the panel character, usually in some form of boss battle against the other players. The winner claims the panel. All Captain panels come in pairs; claiming one will automatically reveal and claim its twin.
- Event (イベント Ibento?) panels are immediately claimed by the uncovering player. All event panels will carry some additional effect, which may be divided into several subcategories:
- Friend (ともだち Tomodachi?) panels, generally depicting the Straw Hat Pirates' civilian friends and allies (such as Kaya, Pagaya, and Kokoro), add an extra 5,000,000 to the Personal treasury.
- Marine (海軍 Kaigun?) panels, depicting members of the Marines (and affiliated persons such as the Gorosei), deduct 5,000,000 from the Personal treasury.
- Davy Back Fight (デービーバックファイト Dēbī bakku faito?) panels, depicting members of the Foxy Pirates (including Foxy himself), allow the player to wage a special Captain game over an opponent's panel; the winner claims (or, in the challenged party's case, keeps) the panel.
- Six "outliers" carry effects uniquely tailored to their characters:
- Vivi: Grants an extra turn.
- Mihawk: Destroys any one opponent-claimed panel.
- Ace: Converts any one adjacent opponent-claimed panel to the player's color.
- Shanks: Converts any one opponent-claimed Captain panel (and its twin) to the player's color.
- Doflamingo: Swaps locations with any one opposing panel.
- Aokiji: Freezes any one player-claimed panel, protecting it from all other effects for one round.
Once claimed, a panel will be marked in the corresponding player's color; if a mini-game ends in a draw, its panel will be marked in gray and remain open for claiming. Any player may "steal" opponent-claimed and/or gray panels by trapping them between two panels of the player's own color.
When a certain number of panels have been uncovered, Foxy will appear and declare a Halftime Chance (ハーフタイムチャンス Hāfutaimu chansu?), launching a special two-on-two mini-game pitting the first- and third-place players against the second- and last-place. While this mini-game will not affect any panels, it will add 10,000,000 to each of the winners' Personal treasuries.
Additionally, one of the following effects may trigger at any time, shifting (or possibly entrenching) player advantages:
- Confiscation (回収 Kaishū?): Deducts half the personal treasury of the leading player.
- Cyclone (サイクロン Saikuron?): Destroys one randomly-chosen panel.
- Knock-Up Stream (ノックアップストリーム Nokkuappu Sutorīmu?): Switches the locations of two randomly-chosen panels.
- Mutiny (反乱 Hanran?): Turns a randomly-chosen Captain panel (and its twin) gray, and forces all four players to compete in the corresponding game against a CPU-controlled Captain. The winning player claims the panel anew; if the Captain wins, the panel remains gray.
Once every panel has been claimed, each player's treasuries are tallied, and several bonuses given for achievements such as stealing the most panels. The richest player is the winner.
There are five game boards in all, each representing a canon setting, each with a unique size and formation:
Only the East Blue board is available from the start; each of the others must be unlocked by clearing the preceding board.
Any mini-game played in Board Game mode is automatically unlocked for VS Game mode, allowing it to be played at leisure.
Collects all mini-games available through Mini-Game panels. These include:
Collects all mini-games available through Captain panels. These include:
Bara Bara Festival (バラバラフェスティバル Barabara fesutibaru?): Players battle Buggy by stomping on his detached body parts, taking care to avoid his knives, his "berserker" rages, and support fire from Mohji and Cabaji.
No Mercy! Shakushi Garden (無差別攻撃! 杓死の庭 Musabetsu kōgeki! Shakushi no niwa?): Players battle Kuro in an enclosed yard while avoiding Jango's hypnosis. Kuro himself cannot attack directly, but runs several times faster than his opponents; anyone he encircles is automatically attacked by his Shakushi technique.
Terror of the MH5 (恐怖のM・H・5 Kyōfu no MH5?): Players must cross pieces of driftwood and a haze of poison gas to reach Don Krieg, periodically picking up gas masks to stay alive. Krieg himself can counterattack with spears and bombs.
Arlong Darts Park (アーロンダーツパーク Āron dātsu pāku?): Players compete with Arlong in a three-round game of darts at Arlong Park. Arlong takes his turn at the end of each round, using his Shark on Darts technique to not only score off the board but "steal" the other players' darts and corresponding points.
Little Garden Bomb Battle (リトルガーデンボムバトル Ritorugāden bomu batoru?): Players battle the giants Dorry and Broggy on Little Garden by tossing bombs at the giants' feet. Dorry and Broggy can retaliate by stepping on the players, guided by a skull mark.
Wapol's Baku Baku Factory (ワポルのバクバクファクトリー Waporu no bakubakufakutorī?): Players battle a rotating Wapol (in the center of the stage) by hitting his heart, which pops out at a random spot every time he attacks. In addition to using cannons and hammers, Wapol can eat anyone he is facing, gathering power for a secret technique that attacks all sides at once.
Fourth Batter, Full Swing (4番バッターフルスイング 4-Ban battā furusuingu?): Players attempt to deflect the exploding baseballs that Mr. 4 hits their way. In addition to normal baseball bombs, Mr. 4 can also have Lassoo launch up to three "tornado shots" for direct damage.
Crocodile's Suna Suna Hell (クロコダイルのスナスナ地獄 Kurokodairu no sunasuna jigoku?): Players battle Crocodile with water guns while struggling against the deadly pull of his Desert Girasole technique. Crocodile himself can dodge water shots and retaliate with Desert Spada and sandstorms.
Spring Hopper Daredevil! (スプリングホッパー危機一髪!! Supuringuhoppā kikiippatsu!!?): Players must cross three sections of Mock Town, dodging not only Bellamy and his spring-loaded attacks but the craters they leave in their wake. If multiple players survive all three sections, Bellamy will launch a frenzied "Spring Hopper" until only one is standing.
Blackbeard's Cherry Pie Chompdown! (黒ひげチェリーパイ一食即発!! Kurohige cherīpai ichijiki sokuhatsu!!?): Players compete with Blackbeard in a pie-eating contest, taking care to avoid bombs mixed in with the pies. Doc Q will periodically appear at Blackbeard's side, allowing Blackbeard to confuse his opponents with apples (containing much better-hidden bombs).
Assault! Wiper the Berserker (強襲! 戦鬼ワイパー Kyōshū! Senki Waipā?): Players must stop Wiper from sinking the Going Merry by absorbing his bazooka shots with dials. In addition to standard shots, Wiper can charge his bazooka to double its power.
Forest of No Return! Ordeal of Balls (迷いの森!! 玉の試練 Mayoi no mori!! Tama no shiren?): Players must knock exploding Surprise Balls toward Satori. Satori himself can either deflect these balls with his cane or absorb them, gathering material for his deadly Ball Dragon technique.
The Great Suitcase Scramble! (トランクケース大争奪戦!! Torankukēsu dai sōdatsu-sen!!?): Players battle Paulie over five suitcases of money in a Dock One lumberyard; the first to retrieve three suitcases wins. Hammers can be thrown to stun opponents (including Paulie) or knock a suitcase free.
Doa Doa Panic Maze (ドアドアパニック大迷路 Doadoa panikku dai-meiro?): Players try to escape the burning Galley-La Headquarters while evading Blueno, who can freely pass through the maze-like walls to attack, and redirect the flames up to three times.
Blazing Briar Road (炎のイバラロード Honō no ibararōdo?): Players battle Kaku & Kalifa within the burning Galley-La Headquarters, dodging their whip attacks while trying to toss them into the nearby flames. The CP9 agents can either charge head-on or stop and pivot, increasing the range of their attack.
Lucci's Hunt! Beware the Neko Neko (追撃のルッチ!! ネコネコの恐怖 Tsuigeki no Rutchi!! Neko neko no kyōfu?): Players run through the burning Galley-La Headquarters, while Rob Lucci chases after and attacks them with burning furniture and his Rokushiki techniques.
House Special! Anything-Goes Cannon (名物!! 何でも散弾砲 Meibutsu!! Nanidemo sandan-hō?): Players raid the Franky House for gold while avoiding Franky's attacks and the junk Zambai fires from the Anything-Goes Cannon. For extra damage, Franky can grab and throw players into the cannon.
Straw Hat Pirates' GamesEdit
Unlike the other Captain Games, these cannot be accessed by uncovering panels. They can only be accessed by waging a Davy Back Fight against the corresponding Straw Hat Pirate.
Gomu Gomu Carnival (ゴムゴムカーニバル Gomugomu kānibaru?): A rhythmic game where the players battle Luffy. Luffy attacks by selecting certain beats in a tune, and the other players must attack/dodge by selecting the same beat.
Loguetown Treasure Chase (ローグタウン財宝チェイス Rōgutaun zaihō cheisu?): Players chase Nami down the streets of Loguetown. They must successfully tackle three pieces of treasure from her before she reaches the Going Merry.
Usopp Factory Treasure War (ウソップ工場お宝攻防戦 Usoppu kōjō otakara kōbō-sen?): A guessing game where the other players attempt to snatch treasure from one of three doors. Usopp stands in the middle, and must choose a door to protect.
Baratie Cooking Fight (バラティエクッキングファイト Baratie kukkingufaito?): The other players attempt to steal food aboard the Baratie as Sanji throws it to Patty. Sanji himself can throw forks at them to slow them down, and must deliver five dishes to Patty before any of the players can successfully steal three.
Let Fly the Pirate Flag! (海賊旗をかかげろ!! Kaizoku hata o kakagero!!?): The other players attempt to steal a pirate flag from Chopper upon Drum Castle and wave it to fill a gauge. Chopper himself must place the flag upon each of the castle's seven sections and turn the snow pink.
Riddle of the Airborne Ancients (空中古代都市の謎 Kūchū kodai-toshi no nazo?): The other players attempt to steal 100,000,000 worth of treasure from the ruins of Shandora before Robin finishes deciphering a row of poneglyphs. Robin herself can turn at any time to attack anyone she catches moving (a la Statues).
Collects the mini-games available for the Halftime Chance.
Donuts Race (ドーナツレース Dōnatsu rēsu?): Players compete in a two-lap race around Long Ring Long Land, navigating obstacles such as geysers, whirlpools, and Foxy's Noro Noro Beams. Players may also periodically accesses item boxes (a la Mario Kart) for a random power-up or weapon.
Groggy Ring (グロッキーリング Gurokkī ringu?): Players face off in an enclosed ring, trying to stun each other with attacks. A stunned player can be aimed and thrown at the goal-ring; each successful goal earns one point.
Pirate Dodgeball (海賊ドッヂボール Kaizoku doddjibōru?): Players try to defeat each other with explosive dodgeballs. These balls can be thrown directly or passed to one's partner; balls thrown immediately after a pass carry maximum speed and power.
This section also contains a mini-game exclusive to VS mode, made available after all of the Foxy Pirates have been unlocked in the Board Game.
One Piece Quiz King (ワンピースクイズ王 Wan pīsu kuizu-ō?): Players compete to answer 25 trivia questions (drawn from a pool of 700) based on the canon. Besides conventional scoring, players can set the Point Lead (ポイント先取 Pointo senshu?) system for automatic victory after 5, 6, 7, or 9 correct answers in a row.
Every panel character corresponds to a numbered card. Once a board game has been completed, all characters uncovered in that particular game are automatically saved to the Collection (コレクション Korekushon?).
The Straw Hat Pirates each have their own card; these are saved to the collection once the specific Straw Hat finishes a board game in first place.
Translation and AlternationsEdit
As with One Piece: Grand Battle! Rush!, this game was translated and dubbed into English by 4Kids Entertainment. While the gameplay mechanics were retained, many other aspects were changed or outright removed.
- 4Kids naming conventions (i.e. Zolo instead of Zoro, Chaser instead of Smoker) and censorship (i.e. the cross-like guards on Mihawk's swords being shortened) are generally followed where applicable.
- Since the 4Kids anime was still in the midst of the Alabasta Arc at the time, steps were taken against referencing events from Skypiea and beyond:
- The opening cinematic is heavily edited, replacing scenes of Blackbeard, Enel, CP9, Franky, and the Foxy Pirates with clips of in-game footage.
- Characters referencing the manga's cover arcs - such as Garp - are removed.
- Skypiea is made a "hidden" board, accessible only through a password. Most characters introduced in the Sky Island Saga are kept, but a few - mainly subplot characters such as Rockstar, Doflamingo, and Sengoku - are removed.
- Doflamingo's panel effect is given to the Laboon panel.
- The Water 7 and Long Ring Long Land boards are removed, along with all characters introduced in the Water 7 Saga and Lucci's Captain game.
- The other four Captain games "native" to Water 7 are given new hosts: Paulie is replaced with Chaser, Blueno with Pandaman, the Kalifa-Kaku team with a Mohji-Cabaji team, and Franky with Buggy (drawn with his Loguetown Arc anchor makeup to differentiate from the "old" Buggy).
- Aokiji's panel effect is given to a newly-made Lapahn panel.
- The Davy Back Fight mechanic is given to a newly-made Davy Back Fight panel.
- All the Foxy Pirates' roles - explaining the Davy Back Fight and hosting the Halftime Chance games - are given to Jango and the Black Cat Pirates, with the Bezan Black standing in for the Sexy Foxy and Jango's hypnosis standing in for Foxy's Noro Noro powers.
- The Quiz King game is removed.
- Each (kept) board - East Blue, Grand Line, and Skypiea - is given two extra formations, for a total of nine separate boards.
- The U.S. game cover uses cover art from the Japan-and-Europe-only game One Piece: Round the Land. The only edit to the character images was that Sanji is holding two Wapol chests in the U.S. while in Japan, Enel was one of the chests as well.